"Transforming cultures and communities in the age of instant access."--Cover
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-249) and index
Shibuya epiphany -- Technologies of cooperation -- Computation nations and swarm supercomputers -- The era of sentient things -- The evolution of reputation -- Wireless quilts -- Smart mobs: the power of the mobile many -- Always-on panopticon ... or cooperation amplifier?
From Tokyo to Helsinki, Manhattan to Manila, Rheingold takes readers on a journey around the world for a preview of the next techno-cultural shift--a shift he predicts will be as dramatic as the widespread adoption of the PC in the 1980s and the Internet in the 1990s. The coming wave, says Rheingold, is the result of super-efficient mobile communications